The following movies are showing at first-run theaters Regal Jewel 16 (RJ16), AMC Classic Galaxy 16 (CG16) and the Waco Hippodrome (WH). Letter grades for movies are from advance reviews; an NR means a movie was not reviewed.
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C THE DARK TOWER Uneven film adaptation of the apocalyptic Stephen King novels that pit The Gunslinger (Idris Elba) against the Man In Black (Matthew McConaughey) in a genre-blending good vs. evil battle, saved only partially by its actors. Rated PG-13. Thematic material including sequences of gun violence and action. 1 hour, 30 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
A DETROIT Powerful, emotional and all-too-relevant look at the 1967 Detroit riots with director Kathryn Bigelow more concerned in capturing how participants felt and thought more than a point-by-point historical replay. Rated R. Frequent profanity, strong violence. 2 hours, 23 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
NR JAB HARRY MET SEGAL Bollywood romantic comedy in which a couple (Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma) driving through Europe learn about relationships as she searches for her engagement ring. CG16.
C+ KIDNAP Bare-bones but effective thriller in which a relentless, van-driving mom (Halle Berry) pursues her son’s kidnappers. Rated R. Violence and peril. 1 hour, 29 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
C ATOMIC BLONDE Late Cold War-era spy movie heavy on action and violence, less on scheming, with Charlize Theron as a cold-blooded spy who fights back. Rated R. Frequent profanity, some sexuality, nudity, strong violence. 1 hour, 54 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
B+ BABY DRIVER Stylish, adrenaline-fueled action film about a getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) facing a chance to go straight. Rated R. Frequent profanity, violence. 1 hour, 53 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
A THE BIG SICK Sweet and funny romantic comedy about Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his balancing acts with his Muslim parents and his white, non-Muslim girlfriend’s when a hospitalization puts her into a coma. Rated R. Profanity including sexual references. 2 hours. RJ16.
C+ CARS 3 Mild improvement over “Cars 2” finds Lightning McQueen on the rebound trained by a female race car. Rated G. Suitable for general audiences. 1 hour, 49 minutes. CG16.
C DESPICABLE ME 3 Latest “Despicable Me” installment finds a brother for Gru and a new villain the ex-villain can oppose, but the original story and premise seem to be losing sparkle, freshness and a certain degree of Minion-ness. Rated PG. Rude humor, some action. 1 hour, 30 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
A DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan’s stunning, immersive film about the 1940 evacuation of British troops from the beaches of Dunkirk, France, drops the viewer into a gripping story with land, air and sea dimensions. Rated PG-13. Some profanity, intense war experience. 1 hour, 47 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
D THE EMOJI MOVIE A smartphone’s multiple-expression emoji seeking to fit in discovers a danger that threatens to delete the emojis’ world. Rated PG. Rude humor. 1 hour, 31 minutes. RJ16, CG16, WH.
B 47 METERS DOWN Straight-forward, but often effective thriller about two vacationing sisters whose deep dive to observe sharks goes terrifyingly wrong. Rated PG-13. Brief strong profanity, bloody images, scenes of intense peril. 1 hour, 39 minutes. CG16.
A GIRLS TRIP Tiffany Haddish steals the scenery from co-stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith as four college friends reunite for a ribald New Orleans weekend. Rated R. Frequent profanity, crude and sexual content, brief graphic nudity, drug material. 2 hours, 2 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
B SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Fun, smart reboot of Spider-Man films with a hero (Tom Holland) and cast closer to their teens and more energetic, unpredictable and likable for it. Rated PG-13. Some profanity, brief suggestive comments, sci-fi action violence. 2 hours, 13 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
C VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Eye-popping, fantastic visuals of an exotic, alien world get deflated by a lackluster script, clunky dialogue and thin characters. Rated PG-13. Brief profanity, suggestive material, sci-fi action and violence. 2 hours, 17 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
A WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Riveting and moving epic that adds a surprising degree of characterization as rebel leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) leads an attack on the human army commander (Woody Harrelson) pursuing his followers. Rated PG-13. Thematic elements, some disturbing images, sequences of sci-fi violence and action. 2 hours, 20 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
C- WISH UPON A high school student who finds a music box that mysteriously grants her wishes has a lethal side. Rated PG-13. Profanity, thematic elements, violent and disturbing images. 1 hour, 30 minutes. RJ16.
A WONDER WOMAN Gal Gadot shines as the title character in a superhero movie that doesn’t stray from telling an entertaining story first and foremost. Rated PG-13. Some suggestive content, sequences of action and violence. RJ16.
THE LION KING Classic 1994 Disney animated musical, back for a one-week run on the big screen. Rated G. 1 hour, 29 minutes. CG16.
NEWSIES: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL Stage production of the Disney musical “Newsies” starring Jeremy Jordan. 12:55 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Wednesday., 2 hours, 25 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
BIG, LOUD 7 LIVE 14 15 drum corps compete in the 2017 Drum Corps International World Championship Prelims. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. 5 hours, 15 minutes. RJ16.